I've enjoyed going to this pub several times, it escapes some (not all though) of the hipsters that can be found in droves up broadway market. It's got a great selection of ales and local brews and a vibrant atmosphere. On occasions i've found the music overbearing, especially when the upstairs music is competing with the gig going on downstairs. I have, of course samples the burgers and they are good but i did get several very small bits of bone in my most recent feed which has put me off somewhat. Loving the breaking bad themed menu!
© Tricia de Courcy Ling
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Time Out says
Posted: Thu Jan 26 2012
The slow decline of too many East End pubs is inevitable and depressing. The punters drift away, the paint peels, the pints turn sour in the lines; the clack of pool balls fades to silence and the Big D nuts go stale on their ‘babe boards’. A planning notice goes up proposing change of use to residential or commercial purposes. Worse still, the building is torn down completely.
So seemed the fate of the Sebright Arms, a pub with a venerable tradition of Cockney barrel-rolling, joanna-tinkling and bawdy sing-alonging. Hidden up an alley off Hackney Road, it closed in 2009 and was scheduled for demolition. But now it’s open again, and if our recent visit is anything to go by, is very popular. As is the way, there are no Barbara Windsors or Frankie Frasers drinking here any more – the crowd was young and resolutely trendy.
Perhaps some of the bustle is down to excitement about the entertainment no longer the variety turns (or prizefighting) laid on in the good old days, but music and comedy instead provided by DJs, bands and comics, both in the main bar and downstairs function room. The venue space downstairs hosted The XX, Laura Marling, and The Vaccines for cheap-as-dirt shows before they hit stardom. It's a great place to play the 'next big thing' lottery.
The beer selection is impressive, with around 15 draught and 30 bottled beers, and an emphasis on London microbreweries such as Redemption, London Fields, Redchurch, Camden and Sambrook's. Another major draw is the ongoing residency from Lucky Chip. This too is far from the East End fare of old; instead the menu's in keeping with the ongoing trend for burgers and hot dogs.
For once, a positive ending for a pub that looked surplus to requirements. The purists will bemoan the further trendification of east London, but at least they have somewhere nice to drown their sorrows
Sebright Arms 31-35 Coate St
- Venue phone:
020 7729 0937
- Venue website:
- Opening hours:
Open 5-11pm Mon-Wed; 5pm-midnight Thur-Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun. Food served 6-10pm Mon-Wed; 6-11pm Thur-Sat; 1-9pm Sun
Hoxton Overground/Cambridge Heath rail
- 31-35 Coate St
- 020 7729 0937
- 31-35 Coate St
- Sebright Arms
What's on at Sebright Arms
Indie rock, Pop
- Critics' choice
Cute, catchy indie-pop from this enjoyable Brooklyn quartet with more emphasis on considered songwriting than many of their peers. Plus, as they're from Brooklyn, they're kinda hip by default, y'know?
Average User Rating
3.3 / 5
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Great local pub with lots going on, and the burgers were delicious however you need to sort out your staff Sebright! Unhelpful, unsmiling and abrupt, and on two occasions the bar staff were too busy on their phones to notice the queue of customers at the bar. The only staff member who smiled and made conversation was the friendly doorman. Judging by other reviews I am not the first to say this. Teach your staff the basic waitressing/bartendering skills and your reviews would be 5*.
I really want to love the Seabright. It has potential, there are no TV's or gambling machines and it has a great space with ample seating and good staff. For a local, it's good for drinks. But it's let me and my friends down on 3 of the 4 times we've been since mid-Jan. The kitchen has been shut on a weekend at 7pm, or the place so rammed midweek at 8pm that you can't place an order for 20mins, with another 40mins wait after to get food...burgers. Shouldn't be this way - previous menu and service was stellar. Now it feels confused, and with no late licence and lockouts from 11pm you have to question if it's worth the trip. So much potential but falling flat.
LOVE this pub. Keep catching bands or comedy that I'd never normally get to see. The burgers are amazing- only a 2 month residency?? Noooo!